Last night Schuylkill Banks and friends "threw the switch" and and lit the new, enhanced lighting on four Schuylkill River Bridges - Walnut Street, Market Street, JFK Boulevard and SEPTA.
The new lights illuminate the bridges and add to the nightime lights that dance on the river along the Schuylkill River Trail.
The Bridge Lighting Ceremony was part of the Schuylkill Banks Bridge Lighting project, which upgraded and restored the enhancement lighting that was originally installed on the bridges as part of the city's Millennium Celebration in 1999. The project included flood lighting, LED string lighting and pier lighting. The four bridges each had their lighting fixtures refurbished to provide dependable, energy efficient service.
For the best viewing of the new lights, bike, jog or stroll along the lower portion of the Schuylkill River Trail after dark.
Christine covers transportation and writes about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments send her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covers community news for Eyes on the Street, where her coverage ranges from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. During the internship her reporting on the Housing Authority’s surplus property auctions earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.